Multicultural Festival to Celebrate Diversity

Demonstrations from a variety of groups including Newcastle Capoeira Aruanda will entertain visitors
Demonstrations from a variety of groups including Newcastle Capoeira Aruanda will entertain visitors

The local community is invited to celebrate the annual Community Connect Day and Riverside Multicultural Fiesta this Saturday, 29 October from 11.00am-5.00pm at Riverside Park, Raymond Terrace.

The event celebrates cultural diversity in the local Port Stephens community through music, dance, art, and free workshops provided by local community groups, services, and small businesses.

This free event is aimed at family-level enjoyment and has a number of exciting workshops, including the Creating Curious Street Theatre workshop from 12noon for children and adults and culminating with a performance at 2.45pm.

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Event Coordinator, Liz Stephens, told Medowie News of the Area, “We have many cultures living in our community and it’s important to celebrate cultural diversity to enhance understanding of difference in cultures and customs, to promote tolerance and acceptance, to be educated about the variety of cultures in the community.”

This year’s event also has free workshops and demonstrations on Qui Going, Chinese culture and language, African drumming, Australian Aboriginal painting, wheelchair basketball, Capoeira Brazilian martial arts, the ever popular Bollywood and Salsa dancing styles, and a Junior Talent Quest at 4pm.

Ms Stephens also said, “To Celebrate Multiculturalism is to teach our children to accept ethnicities in our community to accept and embrace all cultures, after all most of us Australians migrated from other countries originally.”

In a move to ensure that all members of the community can participate in and enjoy this event, Community Connext is partnering with the Fiesta and will provide a range of networking opportunities, activities, demonstrations, and information sharing for people with disabilities, making this event truly inclusive.

Sponsored by grants received by Port Stephens Council, Raymond Terrace Library, and Raymond Terrace Bowling Cub, this family friendly event also offers free community transport.

For more information about transport contact 4984 799, email [email protected] , or visit www.ctps.org.au, and for the Fiesta, go to http://www.portstephens.nsw.gov.au/play/events/event-calendar/community-connect-day-And-riverside-multicultural-fiesta

Contact Liz Stephens on 0422 144 441 for more information about the Community Connect Day and Riverside Multicultural Fiesta.

By Heather SHARP

The family day out hopes to replicate the success of 2015.
The family day out hopes to replicate the success of 2015.

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